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I have Auntie Mame running through my head today. That's not a bad thing. How bleak was my puberty! :D

Oh, today is glorious. Beautiful blue skies, warmer arm, no cruel breezes, and I plan on spending most of it outdoors. I upped my morning walk to 8.75 miles today because I just didn't want to come in. Around the second mini-lake in my neighborhood a flock of seagulls herons ran so far awa-ay-ay (couldn't get away!) flew over head and they made me happier.

I have some big shrubs to move today, some mopping, and some windows to open up so I can air out my house. I'm not even going to let the rampant Crape Murder* get to me, even though it hurts my SOUL to see those ugly knees so brutally hacked and shaped. Stop killing your trees, people!! And it's almost time to prune your roses, but NOT the ramblers or you won't get any flowers this spring. (14 inches cut off on the 14th is the rule for the south.)

I have bread to bake, carnitas to cook, and corn tortillas to heat up. It's a fine, fine day. (I've been looking at plant pictures, which makes me happy. OMG, someone let me dig up their yard and put in more gardens, please!)

*for newbies around here, I'm a Texas Master Gardener. Trust me when I say that hacking your tree limbs is bad.

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tabaqui
Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Bweeeeeeeeee!!!!

"Maybe that wasn't Gary Cooper. Maybe it was Brian. And the girl was...me! I'm a bride!"

*dies laughing*

Oh, that movie rocks so hard.

I need to win some money on the Lotto and have you come fix my yard. Forever.
*la*

:)

*p.s. - your code is messed up*
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
It just took me a second to fix the code - I always go back and re-read my posts to catch that stuff.

I love Aunti Mame! It's really top drawer!
tabaqui
Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
It is!

And it's awfully pretty, and terribly handy to the city, and of course it's *completely* restricted.

I'll get a blood test.
brunettepet
Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
It's supposed to get into the 70's here, too. Yay to the sunshine and dry air! I'm planning a longer than usual walk, but 8.75 miles? You go, Stoney!

Carnitas, oh yum! I haven't made those in a while.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
It was only going to be my standard 7 miles, but it was SO PRETTY outside I just had to take advantage of it.

I love this kind of weather, and I know we'll have one more bout of cold, but for now? BLISS.
beadattitude
Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
You're singing "Open A New Window," aren't you? And bless you, love, for giving me a new earworm, because I've been singing "Bad Horse," from Dr. Horrible.

(psst! summa yer code is messed up there, hun.)
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
(I KNOW THE CODE WAS BORKED. Hit refresh, fixed.) Sorry, I get email after email, comments, and I KNOW. :)

I love that movie - when the weather is bad and I work out inside, I almost always put on Auntie Mame. "You won't need some of these words for months and months!" Ahahahaha. Classic!
redbrickrose
Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
It is SNOWING here. I AM SO JEALOUS. I miss the south and the southwest.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
THAT is why I can't live outside of my state, that right there. It's so beautiful in DC, but...

I lived in snow. I mean, SNOW. I'm done with the being cold. Give me the heat any day, baby. *bundles you up*
redbrickrose
Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
This is as far north as I get - and it really isn't so bad most of the time. But yeah. I am clearly meant for warmth and sun.
mere_ubu
Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Ye gods! Is the season of the myrtle murder upon us again already?! I've been bitching endlessly about the fuck-ugly fence that my tree-killing neighbor has erected, but I guess that at least I won't have to witness the horticultural carnage any longer.

Mmm, carnitas. What did I do with myself during the sad span of years that I stopped eating pork?! *sobs* Those are years of wasted bacon-y goodness that I'll never get back.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, there is no reason to not indulge in the blissful beauty that is pork. As Homer Simpson said, "Are you trying to tell me there's a magical creature that all my favorite meats come from?"

YES, HOMER. THERE IS A PIG.
copykween
Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
It's really pretty here, too! It should continue for the rest of the week, so YAY!

Oh god, carnitas. I want a burrito now, plz.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
This nice weather is making me so happy! I'm about to head back out to it. <3

BURRITO NECESSITO!!!
denelian
Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
that was a wonderful pun!

and it's supposed to get up in the 30s today. i from CALIFORNIA - snow is a thing you DRIVE to, damnit!

and then i remember i hate living in CA and calm down...
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
I do NOT want that 30 degrees, no ma'am. I am just about fed up with cold, and I only have Texas cold to contend with....
denelian
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
jealous.

but... i lived in Texas for a few months. (AFB, i'm an air force brat) and while the idea of a not freezing winter appeals... the horrible horrible summers don't. i mean, it gets to 90 here and its horridly humid, but it's better than in Redding (the place in northern CA where i grew up) where in July and August it gets to like 115 or 120, and sure "it's a dry heat" but what that means is fires fires and fires and everything evaporating and literally being able to cook eggs on the sidewalk and...

i wish there were someplace to live where both the weather and living costs were good. sigh.
windstar
Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow I am digging out my herb garden and starting it over again, and we are uncovering the big gardens to start getting them ready for the seedlings that are coming up on the garden racks in the hobby room. We took a bakers rack, hung 4' fluorescent lights with "gro-bulbs" in them on chains (so they can be raised up as the seedlings come along), and are doing everything from seed this season that can be. No more spending $100 on plants for my tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, okra and melons. We have the little raised bed that we are going to put the radishes, carrots and lettuce in, since it is so shady.

We haven't cut our crepe myrtle back for about 6 years now, and it is thriving.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Raised beds are so great for our soil. You just reminded me that I meant to take a picture of all the caliche I dug up and show the older beds that are wonderfully loamy to show the difference!
soalivesofree
Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
You might have felt my agonizing pain a few weeks ago, then, when my condo association dudes paid a bunch of contractors to come and kill the oak tree in front of my condo. Why? Because it was crowding the palm trees. Yeah, those were some depressing fucking days.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
!!O_O!!

That's the worst thing I've heard today!! Oh, poor, poor, mighty oak. :(
warrior_woman
Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
We did "Mame" in high school. We cried in the wings at "my Best Girl" --LOL!

I have two acres gone wild. Have at it.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
!!!!!

I'll be there in the morning with a tiller, a semi filled with compost, and MY DREAMS.
maybe1ce
Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
I saw the subject line and immediately thought, "Trading Places! Yeay!" I'm not sure what variety of nerd that makes me...but it's definitely a nerdly variety of nerd.

And, as I am staring out the window and watching another foot of snow fall from the sky, I snort derisively at your weak Texas winter. Of course, come spring, I'll have to control my eyerolling as people start pruning their Rhododendrons in March. Oh, the sad bundles of branches, with their fat juicy buds never to bloom....
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
HEEEEEEEE - I love Trading Places! That scene is great, too. I share your nerd tendencies!

AUUUUGH! people who prune at the wrong season... then they bitch about their rhododendrons (or azaleas here) not performing and I WONDER WHY.

As for you loathing that snow, do you want our 100+ summers? I mean, I love it, but maybe that makes it more tolerable where you are? :)
maybe1ce
Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Dood. I am actually not bumming at the snow. I hate the heat. HATEHATE HATE! I don't know how you Southern Gardeners do it, when I lived in Virginia, I spent the entire summer indoors huddled over an air conditioning register.

My Motto? You can always put on another sweater, but there is only so much clothing you can take off before you get arrested.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: LINK DUMP
WHAT THE SHIT IS THAT?!?!?! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

oh my god, I can't believe there's a CRAFTING COMM for Twi-moms. Wait, I totally can because crafting is the #1 activity of LDS women in groups.

I want to make you a cake for bringing this to my attention, heee!
ethrosdemon
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Re: LINK DUMP
The OP is my new bar for batshit. Especially the part where JACOB IS PART OF BELLA'S WOMB.

I accept your cake, plz make it a spice cake w/ caramel frosting. K, thx.

Let me know if there are any more spectacular "crafts" over there.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: LINK DUMP
Oh my god, the woman talking about how moved she was, how REAL THE IMAGINARY BIRTH FELT... snerk.

Oooh, I tagged a recipe on delicious for a chai spice cake that looks super keen. I may need to make that this weekend. I'll push it through the fwoomp tube to you when it's ready.
ethrosdemon
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: LINK DUMP
See what good witches we are? We even have a fwoomp tube already! Now, if only I could get my wand to work again, damned Hufflepuff administration!

It's just snowed three inches in like two hours. GREAT.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Three more inches?! THAT is why I live where I do. I like to VISIT snow, I do not like to live in it.

Hot cocoa + beignets + cat = how to deal with your afternoon. :(
cityphonelines
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Auntie Mame is heartfelt, it's lives in my HEART.

Mmmm... carnitas....
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
CARNITAS. I have mole and I have salsa verde. I can't decide which one to use. (The mole is from a jar for I do not have the ability nor skill-set to make the 22 varieties of chile sauce on my own, woe.)

HI BB. <3 <3 <3
cityphonelines
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely go with the salsa verde, because I am disgrace to my culture and am not a big mole fan.
stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
The kids want salsa verde, too. I watched Anthony Bourdain last night and he was in Mexico having mole that the mother of his friend had been working on for 24 hours. Nieces would come stir it in shifts. Holy crap it looked good. I wish I knew how to cook like that. I'm skeered to try and make my own tamales... I want someone to come do it with me.
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stoney321
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's been so lovely. A weetiny cold front is moving in, so I'll need to throw blankets over some of my shrubs, but it's supposed to move off by tomorrow night and get back into the 60s during the day. YAY.

Walking through all of that snow... That's a heck of a workout right there! Breaking fresh snow everyday? Whoa, too much work. That makes me think of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo coming in his sled to pick her up, hee!

Dinner is at 6:30, bring your appetite!
siapom
Feb. 4th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day!

Btw, have you seen this? Stephen King's opinion of Stephenie Meyer's writing abilities lolololol
absinthe_gypsy
Feb. 4th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
oh god the crape murder! *weeps*
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